Kwanzaa 50 Years Later and Needed Now More Than Ever – Especially UMOJA (Unity – Day 1)

No matter your race or religion, Kwanzaa is a celebration all of us can and should embrace. Rooted in African culture and principles, the holiday promotes community, both locally and universally, while observing virtues of love, service, and hard work.

Created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration with each day representing a principle (Nguzo Saba) remembering the path behind us and recognizing the road ahead. The central idea is to celebrate Kwanzaa’s virtues with family, friends, and complete strangers alike.

The first day of Kwanzaa is always December 26 and is the day of UMOJA, Swahili for unity.

As we leave a year fraught with division, let’s identify the humanity in each of us and celebrate the God in all of us. Operative word: LET’S – let us do it together.

Check in tomorrow to honor the second day of Kwanzaa!



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